Once again - and for the third time in as many years - I've been fortunate enough to be included in the latest in the long-running and distinguished Twisted Tails series from Double Dragon Publishing. In this ninth edition, entitled Wunderkind, the focus is on... well, I'll let the illustrious editor, J. Richard Jacobs, explain it to you:
"I suppose the first thing I need to do is define what Wunderkind means for this book. I’m pretty sure you’ve come across the word somewhere so you know a “normal” Wunderkind is a precocious child with mental capacities that are just a wee bit beyond amazing. A wonder (wunder). Here the Wunderkind is a good deal more than just bright. Our Wunderkind is capable of doing…things. He or she has talents that go far beyond learning the calculus at age three, or reading an entire set of encyclopedias at the rate of a book a day, or learning the alphabet on his or her way down the birth canal. No, this Wunderkind is extra special in the world of the Wunderkind.
Here you will find stories—10 of them in all—about folks with strange, unusual, sometimes dangerous talents that challenge the very fabric of the Universe. Some of our precious Wunderkind are all grown up, as children are prone to do if they are lucky enough to survive, while others are still on their way to their frightening adulthood. Whether adult or adolescent or youngster or toddler or infant, they are all…Wunderkind."
My story - in the lead-off slot, incidentally - is called Through the Eyes of a Child. It focuses on four-year-old Tony, whom 'child prodigy' doesn't even begin to describe. He reads Tolstoy and Shakespeare. He knows more about the universe than Hawking. And that's only the tip of the iceberg of what he can do.
Twisted Tails IX: Wunderkind is now live in Kindle format. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and on iTunes. The paperback edition will follow in a couple of weeks.
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